Outreach 

 

An earthquake - the equivalent of 20 atomic bombs - hit Nepal on 25 April 2015.  Age International has estimated that at least 600,000 older people are affected.

 

HelpAge International and AARP are strong leaders in our field and are both seeking donations to support older people of Nepal.

 

HelpAge International's emergency team have arrived in Kathmandu and is working with the country team and local partners.  One of their programmes is distributing cash to vulnerable older people and their families enabling them to replace essential possessions lost in the earthquake and to obtain what they need to survive with dignity in the aftermath of the disaster.  Please donate now to the HelpAge International Nepal Earthquake Appeal.

 

The AARP Foundation has set up a fund which will be matching dollar-for-dollar for contributions up to $225,000.  To donate and learn more, visit the AARP Foundation Nepal Relief Fund.

Masters of Ageing - University of Melbourne

 

Applications are now open for the University of Melbourne's ground-breaking on-line Master of Ageing program, launching July 2015.  The program, which can be taken as a Graduate Certificate in Health and Ageing or a Graduate Certificate in Policy and Ageing, aims to address the urgent need for specialized knowledge and skills in the workforce, across a range of industries, as our population ages.    

 

The Master of Ageing program follows the University's free, on-line short course on ageing which launched on 23rd March 2015 as a Massive Open On-line Course (MOOC).  

 

Learn more about the Master of Ageing program and the seven week On-line Course on Rethinking Ageing.

WHO Technical Officer Position - Age-friendly Environments and Communication 


A fixed term Technical Officer (Grade 3) position at the World Health Organization is now vacant and open for applications.

The position resides in Geneva, Switzerland under the Department of Ageing and Life Course (ALC) organization unit, which aims to bring about policy, legislative, programmatic and social change for people to live healthy and productive lives well into old age; and ensure that high quality health, long-term and palliative care is available for all older people who need it.

Under the overall responsibility of the ALC Senior Health Adviser, the incumbent is responsible for a number of duties, including: supporting the development and maintenance of Age-friendly World; developing communication materials; monitoring the Network of Age-friendly Cities and Communities; acting as the focal point for Network Affiliates; providing support to the governance mechanisms of the Network among other.


 
Learn more about the duties and the required qualifications for this position on the WHO website

The World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) Webinar 

 

Join the World Elder Abuse Awareness Day - Toward a Global Framework on its 10th Anniversary Webinar, Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at 10:00 am PDT.


 
Highlights from the webinar will include:

 

  •  Opening remarks by Mr. Edwin Walker, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Aging of the Administration on Aging (AOA) within the Administration of Community Living
  • A retrospective on a decade of WEAAD accomplishments, Dr Elizabeth Podnieks
  • Findings from the Worldwide Face of Elder Abuse, an international pilot study conducted by Dr. Pamela Teaster, Dr. Georgia Anetzberger, Dr. Elizabeth Podnieks, Ms. Raven Weavers and the International Federation on Ageing
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    Register for the WEAAD Webinar here
    News 

    AARP International Journal 2015

     

    The Journal is AARP's international publication that features world leaders and top policy makers in ageing and covers international policies that address important issues facing a global ageing population. 

     

    The 2015 edition, under the theme of "Making Waves" features many experts, including Ms. Debra Whitman (Executive Vice President for Policy, Strategy and International Affairs, AARP) in the article entitled, "Opportunities of Aging."

     

    Other perspectives include: financial resilience, livable communities, personal fulfilment and health security.

    The Journal is available on the AARP website.   

    Vaccines Today!

     

    Mr. Gary Finnegan, Editor
    Vaccines Today is an on-line platform for discussing vaccines and vaccination.  The platform provides an interactive forum for informed debates on issues around vaccination and serves as a source of reliable information, bringing the community of stakeholders together to share their views.

    To facilitate an informed discussion that takes all views on vaccination into account, the content of Vaccines Today is produced through interviews with experts from academia, patient groups and industry experts, along with reports based on scientific literature and conferences.

     

    Vaccines Today is produced by editor, Mr. Gary Finnegan, in consultation with an editorial board composed of experts and executives from several Vaccines Europe companies, a patient representative and two independent external medical doctors. 

     

    Learn more about Vaccines Today on their website and read Mr. Finnegan's recent post entitled, "We are failing older people."

     

    The Ageing in Cities report provides policy makers with insights and tools to mitigate the challenges of ageing societies and make the most of the opportunities they present.  Three considerations underpin the assessment:

     

    1.   Ageing societies are not a "problem"

    2. Ageing societies are not simply societies of "older people"

    3. Unlike other potential challenges, such as a financial crisis or natural disaster, ageing trends and their impact can be fairly predictable

     

    The report covers 9 cities: Brno (Czech Republic), Calgary (Canada), Cologne (Germany), Helsinki (Finland), Lisbon (Portugal), Manchester (England), Philadelphia (United States) and the Japanese cities of Toyama and Yokohama. 

     

    Read the Ageing in Cities report on the OECD website.

    Age Discrimination Affects More than 1 in 5 Older Australians

     

    The National Prevalence Survey of Age Discrimination in the Workplace released by the Australian Human Rights Commission revealed the extent of discrimination faced by Australians aged 50 years and over.  More than 25% of older Australians have experienced some form of age discrimination according to this survey. 

     

    The rights of older people are a priority for the IFA, its members and partners.  Abstracts for papers, workshops and symposiums relating to this area, are actively encouraged for the IFA 13th Global Conference on Ageing in Brisbane, Australia from 21 - 23 June 2016.  Submit your abstract here. 

    Gauging Ageing - Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public

     

    The Gauging Ageing Report is the first step in a larger contribution from Leaders of Aging Organizations in the United States that includes AARP, the American Federation for Aging Research, the American Geriatrics Society, the American Society on Aging, the Gerontological Society of America, the National Council on Aging, and the National Hispanic Council on Aging.

     

    Together with Grantmakers in Aging, this leadership group seeks to develop a new, evidence-based narrative around the process of ageing in the United States, and the roles and contributions of older Americans.  The first phase of the project identifies the patterns of thinking that Americans use in talking about growing older and compares these with the knowledge of experts in the ageing field.

     

    Read the full report here.
    Initiatives

    AARP Livability Index - How Livable is Your Community? 

     

    The AARP Public Policy Institute has launched the AARP Livability Index, an on-line tool designed to help communities better serve their ageing population.  The livability index allows people to determine how well a community can meet the current and future needs of an older population.

     

    4,500 Americans aged 50 years and over were surveyed to better understand what aspects of their communities were most important.  The Livability Index contains a scoring system to benchmark communities and cities, 60 factors spread across seven categories: housing, neighbourhood, transportation, environment, health, engagement and opportunity.

     

    To use this index, follow the link here and type an address or zip code in the United States.  

     

    The Northwest Territories (NWT) Seniors' Society and NWT Network to Prevent Abuse of Older Adults is pleased to share its recently developed Intergenerational Handbook.  Over the past six years these organizations recognized the importance and need for more elder-youth programming in the Northwest Territories, Canada.

     

    This specific project was initiated to promote intergenerational events in communities.  Some fifteen projects over the past two years, ranging from "Grandmother Walks" in Fort Good Hope to "Family Tree Building" in Inuvik were well received in their respective communities.

     

    The Intergenerational Handbook is on the NWT Seniors' Society website and Ms. Barbara Hood, Executive Director of NWT Seniors' Society is available to respond to any questions about the process or outcomes of the handbook at seniors@yk.com.

    Welcoming IFA's New Members

    The University of Melbourne - Graduate Online, represented by Ms. Jacqueline Williams, Project Officer (Australia)

     

     

     

    Dr. Alka Vyas, All India Senior Citizens Confederation (India)

     

     

     

    Thank you for your membership to IFA's global network and look forward to your continuing support in generating positive change for older people throughout the world!

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